Statistics in general can be impersonal…they represent figures and sum totals. Just looking at the growing statistics of the coronavirus and the rippling effects are overwhelming; people feel vulnerable and concerned that they could become part of them. All of this reinforces their fear. Additionally, the current public mood is changing us personally. Yes, we need to use hygiene and precautions with one another, but are we looking at people as transmitters, and treating them coldly, as potential threats. As Christians we need to realize that God asks us to be transmitters of something in a different way. We have opportunity to spread comfort and show concern in these times. But in order to become this kind of God-infused transmitter, we must embrace God and possess His comfort so we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4). Then we must be willing to show that by being kind, considerate and concerned for others around us.
There are many ways to show this, but one way is to ask coworkers or neighbors how they are doing in light of the pandemic. Then ask if you could pray for them or maybe with them. But don’t force it on them… just ask if you could pray for God’s mercy and protection for us today, including yourself. I have seen atheists accept my invitation to pray with them is similar situations. Prayer is our humbling ourselves unto God. He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-10). So please don’t preach at people… instead show how God’s comfort within you is transmitted to them. From this will come opportunities for you to give them a reason of why you have hope (1 Peter 3:15). PMC
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.